Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 12 2014

Is It Time To Ask For A Pay Raise?

By Daniel Metz

Wondering where your salary ranks in comparison with the rest of the meetings industry? The 2014 Salary Survey from Convene provides a glimpse of earning averages for meeting professionals across the country. If you haven’t received a pay increase in the past 12 months, you’re in the minority of respondents. Seventy-seven percent of meeting professionals in the survey indicated that they have seen positive bumps in their paychecks at some point during the past year.

However, those increases aren’t necessarily worth big celebrations. Compared with average pay raises of 9.4 percent in 2013, this year’s wages inched upward at a less-than-impressive average of 3.6 percent. If you’re thinking of marching into your boss’ office to ask for more money, here are three key considerations.

SEE ALSO: The Complete Convene 2014 Salary Survey

1) Show Your Boss Where You Rank.

While you may be frustrated each time you look at your paycheck, your boss may not actually have a finger on the pulse of the rest of the meetings market. If your salary is significantly lower than what many of your colleagues are making, one piece of your strategy may include citing the numbers from the findings in the Convene 2014 Salary Survey. Show your boss that you’re likely to find better compensation elsewhere, and he or she may be more likely to take some steps to make you feel more valued in the organization.

SEE ALSO: How To Ask For A Raise - And Actually Get It

2) Put Your Meeting Skills To The Test.

Another way to make sure your skills stand out in the eyes of your higher-ups is to put a coveted three-letter badge of honor in your signature. In the survey, respondents with their CMP designations earned approximately $10,000 more per year than those without the certification. If you’re thinking of studying to take the CMP exam, PCMA offers a comprehensive online prep course. Click here for one year of unlimited access to 23 study modules.

SEE ALSO: 4 Questions To Answer Before Asking For A Raise

3) You Can Ask For More Than Money.

Unfortunately, your organization may not be able to offer you more money right now. However, there are plenty of other perks you can request if a salary bump isn’t in your short-term future. Respondents indicated that they have also requested greater flexibility, the option to work from home, increased resources, more staff and inclusion in high-level, strategic discussions with directors.

The findings covered more than dollar signs. Click here to learn why your peers love - and hate - their responsibilities as meeting professionals.

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